TABLE of CONTENTS September 2014
BY Daniel C. Vock
Lacking substantial state or federal support, local governments throughout the country are using natural disasters as a way to get their infrastructure, personnel and budgets better prepared for the next.
Widespread and comprehensive gun control legislation has failed at the federal and state levels. While cities don’t have the authority to ban guns, they’ve gotten creative trying to control them.
New York's top judge is the brain behind many ideas that have upended the court system nationwide including legal aid for the poor, drug courts and foreclosure protections.
All states will inevitably have to find ways to reform how they pay for Medicaid services. Right now, that way is looking like accountable care organizations.
How a lot of money and a little luck brought one of the nation’s most dangerous neighborhoods back to life.
POLITICS + POLICY
Cap and trade may be dead on Capitol Hill, but states could use it to meet new EPA targets for reducing power plants’ carbon emissions.
Americans in general have become more partisan in recent years. But the Milwaukee schism is larger than in other places, and it’s getting bigger.
With voter turnout at all-time lows in some places, the first president of Facebook is launching a tech startup to boost civic engagement.
States -- including California, where female prisoners were involuntarily sterilized as late as 2013 -- are figuring out how to compensate the victims.
As state legislatures' structures and salaries have changed, so have the type of people the political office attracts.
While the final lineup of measures is still being sorted out, five broad themes are emerging.
States can eventually drop major portions of the health law if they plan to maintain the same level of coverage at the same cost to the federal government.
After struggling to restore millions of people's power in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey has become the first state with a “green” bank focused on energy resilience.
Many municipalities struggle to identify their uniqueness and instead try to market themselves for having things that you can find anywhere.
Larger metro areas experience some of the highest income inequality, and since the Great Recession, it’s only gotten worse. On Thursday, fast-food workers in 100 cities protested for higher wages.
Many state and local agencies fail to properly oversee waiting lists for government programs.
Good jobs are proven to reduce crime, yet much of the economy's recent growth is due to dead-end jobs with low wages and no benefits.
Can a model procurement agreement speed the adoption of cloud computing?
Localities are forced to deal with much of the problems associated with fracking, while states and the federal government rake in all the revenue.